2017 Mini Cooper Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
The current Mini, now in its third generation, has become more mature and has more conventional controls and high-tech features. Still, the youthful exuberance and fun-to-drive character are ever present. Improved ride and better noise isolation make it more palatable on a long drive and up to date connectivity is welcome. Rest assured, though, the frisky character and unmatched charm remain intact.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handles very well and is very sporty."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Mini Cooper)

"great acceleration and fun to drive"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Really good handling, very responsive, no sway. Acceleration is great, especially in sport mode."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Mini Cooper)

"A fun car to drive"

Michael S., NS (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Excellent handling, good acceleration but could use a bit more power."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Ride and acceleration"

Richard E., MD (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Love the different driving modes. Sport mode feels like a completely different car than green mode. Love being able to switch to sport when an extra punch is needed."

Stephen F., ME (2017 Mini Cooper)

"The accelerating and handling are both excellent especially with the Manual Shift. There are three different driving modes at my finger tips."

Michael V., AZ (2017 Mini Cooper)

"excellent acceleration (and this is not even a S-vesrion), very direct steering and handling."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mini Cooper)

"All of it. love to drive that car"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"I have the JCW model which has plenty of power at low or high speed passing... and handling is awesome with no leaning or any squealing from the tires"

Jeff C., CA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Accelerates quickly, perfect for on-ramps. Handling,, especially cornering, is exceptional. Six-speed transmission is factory programmed to anticipate exactly how I would use it if driving a stick shift."

J L., PA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Great handling, good acceleration, good breaks, smooth clutch and great manual transmission. Fun"

Robert A., GA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration with the 1.5 liter engine always surprises me. Sure, it isn't super fast off the line, but at highway speeds, overtaking is easy and stress free."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Acceleration and handling are a pure joy with the Cooper S model. Very responsive acceleration and can turn on a dime."

Frances K., AZ (2017 Mini Cooper)

"I've got a manual transmission. It is very easy to operate. It is a quick, responsive car. But the feel of the steering is more isolated than the previous generation of Mini."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Mini Cooper)

"It is very peppy, easily passes, feels very stable on the highway and is fun to drive"

Anonymous, ME (2017 Mini Cooper)

"The handling and acceleration are superb. It is a blast to drive."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Mini Cooper)

"This car is exciting to drive. Lots of get up and go, and handles well, much like a go kart."

Wm W., VA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"It's just a lot of FUN"

Anonymous, NC (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Handling is amazing"

Erik S., NC (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Car is a blast to drive hard. Corners like it is on rails and acceleration with the turbo 4 is fantastic. Brings a smile to my face every time I drive it."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Great driving experience and fun car to drive."

Michael P., PA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Drive is quick, peppy and fun"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Even with the base 3 cylinder, this car is peppy and fun to drive."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"great pick-up, fast acceleration, firm handling, safe"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Everything about driving this car is a joy: quick acceleration, precise handling, excellent braking. A very sure-footed car."

Leslie N., ON (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Just feels good accelerating, driving, handling, cornering"

Anonymous, VT (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Fun to drive, performance, handling"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Precise, easy shifting manual transmission. Doesn't have as much of a go-kart feel as the previous body style."

William R., NJ (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Crisp, go-kart like handling and excellent acceleration."

Rob R., NY (2017 Mini Cooper)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"cramped entry/exit, no head room, seat too far back from clutch control, too close to wheel even when seat is fully adjusted."

Anonymous, NL (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Nice seats, stiff suspension, noise ok when top is down (can still have a conversation)"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Ride is firm but very refined. I have wide shoulders and the B pillar always digs in to my left shoulder when I drive. It is fine for my wife, for whom this car is her daily driver, but it has meant that we rarely use this car together."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"comfortable, firm and supportive seats"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Mini Cooper)

"I hit my head every single time I get in to the Mini. I thought I would be able to adjust, but nearly a year later, I rarely find myself driving the car, because I don't feel like hitting my head again. Once in, it is cozy, but not bad."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Pronounced road noise"

Ray B., GA (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Driving this car is more fun than anyone should be allowed to have. It's spunky and playful but serious about staying on the road - it absolutely nails curvy roads. To add to the driving pleasure, the seats are the most comfortable I've ever had in any car."

Leslie N., ON (2017 Mini Cooper)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Mini Cooper is a fun car to drive, driver seats should have back support."

Richard E., MD (2017 Mini Cooper)

"I ordered my JCW exactly as I wanted. I consider that a value in itself."

Michael V., AZ (2017 Mini Cooper)

"Somewhat overpriced for the product and has had several warranty fixes in the first 18 months but overall a fun car to have."

Phillip J., TN (2017 Mini Cooper)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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